We all look for ways to save money and get more for what we pay. That makes a safety cover a sound investment for any pool owner. Not only are there cost savings when you add a safety cover, it adds value to your home and helps you get more out of your pool. After your initial investment, a safety cover immediately starts to pay you back. Better yet, the real benefits show up over time. The more you use your cover the better your return.
Save Money on Chemicals and Water
Installing a pool safety cover will help you save money right away. When your pool is covered you can reduce water evaporation by 95%. An average residential pool (300 sq. ft.) could save more than 7,700 gallons of water, per year, by utilizing a pool cover. And by preventing evaporation, you save money on energy too. Evaporation is what pulls heat from the pool. Covering a pool when it is not in use is the single most effective means of reducing pool heating costs. According to the department of energy, savings of 50%–70% are possible. Less evaporation also means less chemical loss. Imagine using 35% - 60% less chemicals each year. Those savings would add up quickly. When you add that to less water consumption and reduced energy use, you see a safety cover can begin to pay for itself. It’s estimated that in 2 - 5 years you will realize a return on your investment.
Maintain Your Pool Liner and Equipment
A safety cover keeps the elements from taking a toll on your pool. The sun is one of the most damaging forces that effects you pool’s surface and equipment. It draws plasticizers out of pool liners which can lead to sun-rot. It can cause concrete and tiles to craze and crack. Rubber fittings and gaskets are also vulnerable to UV degradation. So, when you cover your pool you protect it from the harmful effects of UV exposure. This will help you extend the lifespan of the pool's finish and equipment. Replacing the pool’s finish is one of the most expensive repairs you will have so adding a cover will definitely minimize that cost.
Spend Less Time and Money on Cleaning
Opening your pool in the spring can be a simple process when you use a safety cover. Using a mesh safety cover will ensure that there are no leaves or other debris to clean out. The water receives almost no sun exposure (96% less) so there is far less algae growth, when you cover your pool. With a HD mesh or solid cover there is little or no sun exposure so your pool will be nearly algae free. This will reduce the amount of time and chemicals you need to balance it and get it ready to swim. You’ll be able to use your pool sooner, so you get more use out of it.
Add Value to Your Home
A safety cover will add to the value of your pool and your home. You will get more use out of your pool and your backyard. You’ll feel comfortable around it, no matter what time of year. Plus, if you decide to sell your home, a pool with a safety cover is far more attractive to potential buyers.
The best investment you can make in your pool is to install a safety cover. It will reward you with savings, value, convenience and security. Compared to a cheap, off-the-shelf type of pool cover, a safety cover will bring you years of reliable use. Leaves, rain, snow and animals can turn water bag covers into a dangerous mess. However, a safety cover can stand up to anything that is thrown at it. When you add it up, the safety and peace of mind you get from a safety cover may be the most important value it brings.